I have been dancing since I was three years old, but I fell in love with choreography when I came to college. Being a choreographer I have the freedom to comment on the world around me. In the studio I am able to create my own distinct world, where I can explore and decide what happens. My piece deals with female attractiveness. I noticed many of my friends when going out on a Friday night would attract more attention than they had anticipated. Females feel pressure to always look good and we are bombarded with beauty standards. I wanted to explore this idea of female attractiveness and this state of vulnerability in the studio. Here, I could decide how a night might go instead of society. With my dancers I was able to create a whole piece dedicated to women.
Choreographing will remain an important part of my life even after I graduate. I plan to move to bigger cities and start auditioning and continue my love of dance. My ultimate goal is to dance professionally with a contemporary dance company.
On a weekly basis, I live and breath dance. I prep before each rehearsal. I keep a journal close at hand in case any creative thoughts cross my mind. My journal contains anything and everything that relates to the piece. I map my music which means I code it in a way that I can count and distinctly identify what I want to accent with physical movement. This planning helps me accomplish a lot in rehearsals. I rehearse with my dancers twice a week. As much as I want to play I have a time limit and tech week approaches. This week we are in the theater setting lights and performing in costumes. Sometimes I forget why we dance, but the stage reminds me. The lights, costumes and theatre help me fully tell my story. Dancers are really storytellers. And I feel honored to be able to tell a story about female attractiveness through dance.